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USA TODAY Sports Miami guard Dwyane Wade, left, passes the ball around Charlotte center Bismack Biyombo during the first half in Game One of a first-round playoff series Sunday at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

NBA Playoffs: Heat shake off slow start to clip Bobcats

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MIAMI — LeBron James had 27 points and nine rebounds as host Miami knocked off Charlotte 99-88 in the opener of the seven-game Eastern Conference playoff series Sunday.

Dwyane Wade scored 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting for the second-seeded Heat, who also host Wednesday’s Game 2. Chris Bosh added 13 points and James Jones scored 12 off the bench.

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